Ogden tops in West

Retired Vernon teach wins Western Canadian tennis title

Vernon’s Meryl Ogden returns a shot on the way to winning the women’s 55 singles title at the Western Canadian Senior Indoor National Tennis Championships in Edmonton. (melissa penney photo)

Recently retired teacher Meryl Ogden is embracing her new freedom.

Ogden, from Vernon, competed in the Western Canadian Senior Indoor National Tennis Championships in Edmonton and won the 55 singles title by beating the No. 2 seed Anita Lorelli from Toronto in her first round match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

In the finals she upset No. 1 seed Michelle Karis from Halifax 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.

In doubles action, Ogden teamed up with Rosie Schaich from Kelowna. They lost in the finals of the 50 doubles to Bonnie Macrae-Kilb and Jane Wansbrough Philp of Edmonton, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8.

Players from all over the Okanagan placed well in their respective events.

Schaich won the 50 singles; Joachim Niefeld (Kelowna) won the men’s doubles in both the 40 and 45 age groups; Bob Langford (Salmon Arm) won the men’s singles 60; Dave Burgess (Kelowna) won the men’s 60 doubles; George Lea (Kamloops) won both the men’s 70 singles and doubles in the 65 group; and Ken Hecker (Salmon Arm) was runner up in the men’s singles 75.

Next tourney for Ogden and the other players from the Okanagan will be the Miele Provincials at the end of May in Vancouver.